Made in the 1930s for classroom use, this historic German film features
the Zugspitze Railway in Bavaria, and the cable tram to the top of the
mountain. The narrative of the film is about a weather station on top
of the Zugspitze, used to monitor snow and rainfall and track cloud and
storm formation in the Alps.
The Bavarian Zugspitze Railway (German: Bayerische Zugspitzbahn) is one
of four rack railways still working in Germany, along with the
Wendelstein Railway, the Drachenfels Railway and the Stuttgart Rack
Railway. The metre gauge line runs from the Garmisch-Partenkirchen
suburb of Garmisch to the Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany.
The line culminates at 2,650 metres above sea level, which makes it the
highest railway in Germany and the third highest in Europe.
The railway was built between 1928 and 1930 and opened in three stages.
The first was the 3.2 kilometres (2.0 mi) long centre section between
Grainau and the Eibsee which went into operation on 19 February 1929. On
19 December 1929 it was followed by the 7.5 kilometres (4.7 mi) long
section between Garmisch and Grainau, including the important tourist
connexion to the main railway network of the Deutsche Reichsbahn. On 8
July 1930 the last 7.9 kilometres (4.9 mi) long section between the
Eibsee and the – now closed – summit station of Schneefernerhaus was
opened, including the final 4,466 metres (14,652 ft) long Zugspitze
The line is operated by the Bayerischen Zugspitzbahn Bergbahn AG (BZB),
whose majority owner is the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Municipal Works. In
2007 the Zugspitze Railway was nominated for an award as a Historic
landmarks of civil engineering in Germany.
The Zugspitze is also accessible via the Eibsee Cable Car or Tyrolean
Zugspitze Cable Car.
The Zugspitzebahn was the first wire ropeway to open the summit of the
Zugspitze, Germany's highest mountain on the border of Austria. .
Designed and built by Adolf Bleichert & Co. of Leipzig, Germany, the
system was a record-holder for highest altitude. Opening in 1926, the
Zugspitzebahn connected the Austrian town of Ehrwald (1225 metres above
sea level) with the top station at 2,950 metres above sea level next to
the summit of Zugspitze.
The modern Tyrolean Zugspitze Cable Car has a top station opposite the
one of the German Eibsee Cable Car system. It has a length of 3600
metres and an elevation gain of 1725 metres. The Tyrolean Zugspitze
Cable Car runs over three aerial lift pylons. The double track ropes
have a diameter of 62 mm each, and the hauling rope has a diameter of 38
mm. It runs on 2 x 500 kilowatts of power, generated in the valley
station. The journey normally takes less than 10 minutes at a speed of
36 km/h. The tramway's two cabins can accommodate 100 persons each and
have a transport capacity of 730 persons per hour each way.
There is a cable lift from Ehrwald to the base of Zugspitze in Austria
where the resort Ehrwald Alm houses skiers, and a ski run down to
Ehrwald starts. The resort has a dramatic view of the face of Zugspitze.
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